09 Nov - 
Injured Paulo Costa wants Yoel Romero to return favor and wait for him until March

Paulo Costa won’t be fighting Yoel Romero in January as planned after an injury delayed the undefeated Brazilian’s return to the octagon.

Although not officially announced, Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was lined up to face Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in a marquee middleweight bout early next year. “The Solider of God” already forced the matchup to be postponed once from UFC 230 in November due to injury.

Costa, 27, waited for his fellow contender to overcome his injury, but Romero, 41, apparently isn’t eager to return the favor. He reportedly wants Anderson Silva instead, but Costa urged Romero give him eight more weeks (via Instagram):

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Yes, unfortunately I am still injured, the same injury I had before fighting Uriah hall and will be ready to fight in March 2019. I waited for Romero 3 months, he can not wait 2 for me? ��
The belt is coming.

Costa, No. 13 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, is coming off a second-round TKO victory over Uriah Hall at UFC 226. The Brazilian has earned all 12 of his career victories by stoppage.

No. 2-ranked Romero, meanwhile hasn’t fought since he fell short against UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker in a non-title bout at UFC 225 in June.

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